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Constitutional ‘Habitual drunkard’ suit reinstated (access required)

The majority found the term “habitual drunkard,” as used in the Virginia statute that makes it a criminal offense for persons deemed habitual drunks to buy or consume alcohol, was unconstitutionally vague and could violate the Eighth Amendment. Background Homeless alcoholics brought this action challenging a Virginia statutory scheme that makes it a criminal offense for those ...

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